Smartphones are great. They make life so much easier, but the one thing we all suffer from is battery drain. Here are some tips on how you can maximize your battery life:
Turn off Bluetooth when you’re not using it: Bluetooth is super handy for playing music or you favourite podcast in the car, but if you leave it on when you’re not using it, your phone or tablet will constantly be searching for other Bluetooth signals to connect to.
Once you get out of the car or have stopped listening to music, remember to turn Bluetooth off. This can save you hours of wasted battery over the course of a day.
For iPhone: • Go to Settings > Bluetooth. • Turn off your Bluetooth via the Toggle
For Android: • Go to Settings > Wireless and Networks • Turn off your Bluetooth via the Toggle
Turn off Wi-Fi when you’re not using it: When you’re at home it makes sense to have your Wi-Fi on to connect to your home network automatically when you’re in range. However if you’re out and about and connected to the 3G or 4G mobile network you may not have a need to connect to Wi-Fi. When you have your Wi-Fi on your phone will constantly be searching for other network signals to connect to.
You can easily switch off your Wi-Fi service while you’re not using it to save battery.
For iPhone: • Go to Settings > Wi-Fi. • Turn off your Wi-Fi via the Toggle
For Android: • Go to Settings > Wi-Fi > Advanced • Turn off your Bluetooth via the Toggle • Make sure Scanning Always Available is off.
Dim your display: A phones display chews up a considerable amount of your battery and the brighter you have it, the more battery it uses. You can save a huge amount of battery by dimming your phones brightness or turning on the auto-brightness setting.
This can be done on most phones by going into your phones display settings.
Background apps activity using power: Apps are great but in some instances, their background activity can also be responsible for draining your battery even when you aren’t actively using them. You can check which apps are using the most battery by going to Settings > Battery.
On an iPhone click the little clock symbol at the top right hand side, and this will tell you how much battery is being used when you are using the app and when it is simply on in the background. On an Android, just tap the name of the app in the list to see similar information.
If you find there is a particular app you use that is gobbling up your battery life, you can disable it if it’s not that important to you.
For iPhone: • Go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh • Scroll through the list and Toggle Off any apps you don’t want running in the background
For Android: • Go to Settings > DataUsage • After you select the offending app, select Restrict Background Data.
Screen timeout is too long: How many times a day to unlock and lock you phone? How often do you get a push notification and your screen lights up? For me it’s a lot and this means you may have an opportunity to reduce the time your screen is on with your timeout settings.
Change your timeout setting to your device’s minimum to help save juice.
For iPhone: • Go to Settings > Display/Brightness • Adjust the time interval under Auto-Lock. (If you have not updated your iOS in a while you will find this setting under Settings > General > Auto-Lock.)
For Android: • Go to Settings > Sound & Display > Screen Timeout.
With all of these instructions, if they do not apply to your particular handset, please consult your device’s instructions for details on how to adjust these settings.